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Md. Lawmakers Work To Reverse Ruling On Pit Bulls

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File photo of a pit bull in a shelter. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

File photo of a pit bull in a shelter. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.— A bill that would reverse the designation of pit bulls as an “inherently dangerous” breed of dog moved one step closer to being passed by the Maryland House of Delegates.

The measure was introduced on the House floor Tuesday.

Last year the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled that pit bull owners and landlords would be held to strict liability standards for dog bites without previous evidence that a dog was dangerous.

The new measure increases protections for dog bite victims by creating a presumption that all dog owners, regardless of the breed, are presumed liable for attacks.

A dog owner who becomes a court defendant after a bite will have a chance in court to try to prove the dog was not dangerous.

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